Pim Verbeek confirmed as new Oman coach

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Former Australia boss Pim Verbeek has been confirmed as the new coach of the Oman national team.

The Dutchman - who steered the Socceroos at the 2010 FIFA World Cup - succeeds Spaniard Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, who quit last month, and will be officially unveiled to media later on Tuesday in Muscat.

Verbeek, 60, arrived in Oman at the weekend to finalise the deal, flying in from Sydney, where his daughter lives.

It marks a return to Asian football for Verbeek, who previously coached South Korea and was an assistant to Guus Hiddink and Dick Advocaat before succeeding the latter for that country's top job.

But he is best known for his three years as Socceroos coach and, in particular, his strident criticism of the A-League.

Famously, he once said that the quality of Australia's domestic league was so poor, players were better off simply training with a European club.

Under Verbeek, the Socceroos qualified for the 2010 World Cup and but suffered a 4-0 opening loss to Germany - a result which drew criticism of his tactical approach and player selections.

However Australia then went on to draw with Ghana and defeat Serbia - only missing out on the Round of 16 by goal difference, equal with Ghana on a very respectable four points.

His last job was a four-year stint as technical director for the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.

Source AAP